WASHINGTON -- At this point it would be hard to imagine Giancarlo Stanton isn’t going to make it to the All-Star Game in Minneapolis this July. The only question is if he’ll be selected as a starter by the fans or picked by his peers as a reserve.
The first All-Star voting results were released by Major League Baseball on Wednesday, and Stanton was ranked fourth among all National League outfielders with 426,228 votes. Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon (549,394 votes), Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (467,378) and Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (446,780) are listed ahead of Stanton for the three starting spots selected by the fans.
Stanton, who entered Wednesday’s game leading the NL with 15 home runs and the majors with 49 RBI, ranks seventh in the NL in overall votes. He’s also the only Marlin listed among the top vote-getters by position.
“Stanton’s fourth? There must be three guys having a helluva year,” said Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee.
Said closer Steve Cishek: “I think people that aren’t even Marlins fans — all they have to do is turn on SportsCenter and see [one of his homers] going 6,000 feet. So I don’t understand why he’s only fourth.”
Stanton was selected to the All-Star Game two years ago but didn’t play because of knee surgery.
Told of the early voting results Wednesday, Stanton replied: “I don’t care about no votes. This isn’t a prom king or a prom queen. Your play should be what takes you there, not everything else.”
RAIN WENT AWAY
Tuesday’s rainout at Nationals Park — called off by the home team about 10 minutes after the scheduled first pitch — isn’t sitting well with the Marlins, especially since the storm rolled out of town and skies were clear less than an hour later.
By 8:15 p.m., the grounds crew was taking the tarp off the field. Late last season, the Nationals made the Marlins wait more than three hours before the game was finally called.
“I think it seemed early to call it,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “But that’s their call, and there’s not a whole lot we can do about it, just be ready to play [Wednesday].”
According to MLB rules, the home team has the power to delay the start of the game and postpone or reschedule it due to inclement weather. Once the game starts, the umpires have the power to delay it or postpone the game.
In this case, with Nationals rookie Blake Treinen (0-2, 1.56) scheduled to start and three Nats All-Stars on the disabled list in Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Gio Gonzalez, the home team came out with an obvious advantage by postponing the game late September, when the Marlins visit again.
The makeup game has been scheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on either Sept. 26 or 27. Redmond said Tuesday night that he thought the doubleheader would take place on Sept. 26.
• Thursday: Off.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (4-4, 3.10 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Julio Teheran (4-3 1.77), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (1-2, 5.35) vs. Braves RHP Ervin Santana (4-2, 4.06), 4:10 p.m., Marlins Park.